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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Pop Up Book [Hardcover]

Lewis Carroll , J Otto Seibold
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Sept. 1 2003
Enter the magical and spectacular world of 'Alice in Wonderland' with this amazing and innovative pop-up book. Discover what happens to Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole and meets an array of colourful and nonsensical characters such as the Mad Hatter, the Duchess and the Cheshire Cat.

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4-In this disappointing effort, Seibold uses bits and pieces of Lewis Carroll's original text, but the story has been so severely abridged that the narrative is disrupted and the remaining scenes seem disconnected and illogical. For example, the action abruptly shifts from Alice finding the bottle labeled "drink me" to her being stuck inside the Rabbit's house, without any explanation of how her size was altered or how she came to be there. The choppy text is not helped by the numerous typefaces employed; the constant change in colors is distracting and some of the fonts are difficult to decipher. Mixing shades of olive green, mustard yellow, and sherbet orange, the spreads are packed with color and action. The faces of the characters are stylized and have a flat appearance that is a bit disconcerting. Some of the pop-ups work better than others. There are a few clever effects, such as when a pull-tab brings down a piece of murky plastic that covers all of the Cheshire cat except his smile. If you need to have your Alice in 3-D form, stick with Robert Sabuda's version (Little Simon, 2003), an adaptation with beautifully composed illustrations, flawlessly engineered pop-ups, and a carefully edited text that evokes the flavor and flow of the original.
Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Reviewed with Robert Sabuda's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

What is it about Alice? This season two well-known children's book creators have tackled the challenge of shoehorning Alice's Adventures in Wonderland into pop-up books only six spreads long. Larded with dioramas, flaps, and other displays of paste-and-paper bravura, both versions are likely to create buzz among Alice collectors and aficionados of movable books. But the two renditions of the same story could hardly be more different.

Seibold's "super dimensional" Alice, which he both designed and illustrated, plunges children into a psychedelic universe straight out of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." It features Carroll's original text in brief, cherry-picked excerpts, so the finished product is more a series of interpretive highlights than a thorough presentation of the story, and the rococo, tough-to-decipher typeface adds to the impression that the book is meant to be viewed, not read. Seibold's trademark palette of beiges and pea greens, and a slightly grotesque Alice with Ronald McDonald clown feet, seem to dare readers to prefer Disney's prettiness or Tenniel's Victorian placidity. The pops conceived by Seibold and paper engineer James R. Diaz are a lot of fun. Each spread contains a dizzying array of devices and effects, including a particularly clever rendering of the vanishing Cheshire cat. In the end, however, all of this somehow seems less the point than the book's air of hipster irony.

The version by Sabuda, creator of a previous pop-up adaptation of a classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (2000), cleaves more closely to the original; its full-color artwork is "in John Tenniel's classic style," and the abridged text, cleverly tucked into minibooks on each spread, is fairly comprehensive. It's also the more successful of the two, partly because this faithfulness preserves the contrast between the drawing-room politeness of Tenniel's illustrations and the lunacy of Carroll's imaginings. Where the pops in Seibold's version creak open a bit grudgingly and sometimes need a hand from the reader to work properly, Sabuda's don't pop so much as gracefully unfurl--and then collapse upon themselves with jaw-dropping ease that leaves one flipping the pages back and forth in amazement. Few readers will peep through the expandable tube that simulates Alice's tumble down the rabbit hole, or admire the closing spread's intricately die-cut, gravity-defying arc of playing cards, without feeling a bit bereft when the adventure comes to an end. This will very likely come to be seen as the definitive pop-up version of Alice, but it will also further establish Sabuda as the foremost visionary of the genre. Jennifer Mattson
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5.0 out of 5 stars alice in pop-up wonderland Dec 31 2003
Format:Hardcover
J. Otto Seibold's new wacky and wild edition of Alice in Wonderland is perfect for any body of any age who enjoys Lewis Carroll's classic book. But unlike the many other artists who have illustrated this story, Seibold breathes new life into it by giving the art a very modern and kinda 60's art look. You might call it breaking the traditional Tenniel mold. Like many pop-up books there are many tricks and surprises you can find if you take your time to look. In this book, you can actually open the dull book Alice was reading before she went down the rabbit hole, flip Bill the lizard into the air as many times you want,make Alice's neck grow taller, read the Queen's invitation to the Duchess to play croquet, peep into the crazy cook's oven to find a grumpy little mouse, watch the Chesire cat vanish with only it's grin remaining, among other things. My favorite spread out of the whole book is the one of the tea party. I only have one complaint for this book and its because the spread with the caterpillar on it is hard to fold out and see properly. I would set this book out on my coffee table for every one to see and enjoy, it is that well done. But be careful with it around little kids. Although they don't mean to they could rip it because all pop-up books are fragile. Buy this book for any wonderland fan, I'm sure they will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and weird. Nov. 19 2003
By Lola
Format:Hardcover
I was in the children's book section the other day looking for a gift for a friend's little boy. This book caught my eye -- not for him, but for ME. I don't remember the pop-up books of my youth (admittedly, I only had "T'was the Night Before Christmas" and "Mother Goose") being this spectacular or complex. This book is visually stunning and so viscerally creative. Why only 4 stars? Because honestly, the illustrative style (and the story itself) is kind of creepy and I don't know how appropriate it would be for a small child. But if you're a design geek, this book rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get lost in this 'Wonderland' Nov. 19 2003
By Bri
Format:Hardcover
The illustrations in this version of the Carroll tale are rich and imaginative, with eye-popping pop ups alongside the original 'Alice' text.
This pop-up version is destined to be a classic for it's gorgeous designs.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and weird. Nov. 19 2003
By Lola - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was in the children's book section the other day looking for a gift for a friend's little boy. This book caught my eye -- not for him, but for ME. I don't remember the pop-up books of my youth (admittedly, I only had "T'was the Night Before Christmas" and "Mother Goose") being this spectacular or complex. This book is visually stunning and so viscerally creative. Why only 4 stars? Because honestly, the illustrative style (and the story itself) is kind of creepy and I don't know how appropriate it would be for a small child. But if you're a design geek, this book rocks!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustrations Aug. 28 2005
By Maria Cecilia Ongay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
J.Otto's illustrations are incredibly amazing!!!! Besides I think this pop-up book really reflects Alice in wonderland's world. It has a lot of different types of pop-ups, and tiny details which make the difference such as a book on the first page that can be opened and has actual pages inside. Everything unfolds, hides or something.

I actually bought this book twice, the first one was for me and I found it so great that I bought a second copy to give as a gift.

The only recomendation I would give is not to buy it for small children since it is a very fragile book
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little too mature for young audiences Jan. 15 2006
By Kaleidoscapes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is really too mature for young kids. I gave it to my 5 year old niece for her birthday, and while I was reading it I regretted giving it to her because I had to change some of the phrases (as I was reading) to make them more kid-friendly. If my sister ever reads it aloud to her young daughter, she'll probably be miffed with me for giving it as a gift.
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually entrancing July 16 2010
By A. Woodmansee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book new and dirt cheap when my twin girls were born and they are now a few months past 3 and we have had this book out a couple of times and they love it and will ask for it and will beg to pull the tabs, openning the oven, making Alice kick, making the Cheshire Cat disappear, making the flamingo hit the hedgehog, and so on. The girls can recognize the "Alice in Wonderland" general story lines in this book which is good, and the pop up and classic Seibold artwork keep them enthralled, but this book is best for a Seibold lover, an older child, or the Alice enthusiast/collector. In true Seibold from the written words can often be very difficult to read even for an adult, there is no good transition from scenario to scenario in the book, and the pull tabs et al unless you want the book destroyed are best operated by an adult or older child. If it were not for these three things I'd have given it a 5 star plus rating.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Alice Fans!! March 9 2009
By vegebrarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
J. Otto Seibold has a wonderful style - I recommend all of his children's books. The Alice Pop Up has some wonderful interactive pages - including a disappearing Cheshire Cat. The pop up of the caterpillar on the mushroom is probably my favorite. You can't possibly be disappointed by this book!
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